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Education Notebook: Library offers programs for home-school students

Beginning Thursday, the Indian Trail Library, 4909 W. Barnes Road, will offer educational events for home-school students each month.

Events for students in kindergarten through sixth grade begin at 10:30 a.m. Topics are: Thursday, Ozobots Exploration; Feb. 9, Squishy Circuits; March 9, Peep Science; April 13, Ladybug Science; and May 11, Summer Reading Kickoff Buildathon.

Events for students in seventh through 12th grades begin at 1:30 p.m. Topics are: Thursday, Ollie Sphero Robots 101; Feb. 9, Little Bits Build Challenge; March 9, Marvelous Moon; April 13, Lego Mindstorm Extravaganza; and May 11, Summer Reading Kickoff Duct Tape Party.

Registration is not required for most events.

Science event open to 7th-, 8th-graders

Students and parents interested in the Institute of Science and Technology Middle School program are invited to attend an information night Thursday.

The IST program provides seventh- and eighth-graders across the district experience with hands-on science.

The information night will be 6-7:30 p.m. at North Central High School, 1600 N. Howard St.

Debate club takes on SPS board members

The Rogers High School debate club will host Rhetoric in the Ring III on Tuesday.

This event features undercard event speeches from James Sanford and Annie Wargo followed by speeches pitting students against Spokane Public Schools board members.

Student Kathryn Martin will debate board member Paul Schneider, and student William Lynch will debate board member Robert Douthitt.

The event will take place 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Howard Street Gym, 165 S. Howard St.

SPS website assists with enrollment

Spokane Public School students who want to attend a school other than their neighborhood school can fill out an application online before Feb. 15 at enrollment.

On this enrollment website, families can research school and program options and apply for their top choices.

Families and students are also invited to attend the SPS Enrollment Fair, which will be Jan. 21 from 9 a.m.-noon at Shadle Park High School, 4327 N. Ash St., where representatives from most SPS schools and option programs will be available to answer questions.

Student honored for computing skills

Cheney High School student Sydney Zapf was chosen as a 2017 National Honorable Mention recipient of the National Center for Women and Information Technology Award for Aspirations in Computing.

Zapf was one of the top 400 out of more than 2,000 applicants.

4 teachers get nationally certified

Four Spokane Public Schools teachers, Choua Birge, Longfellow Elementary School; Mathew Orndorff, Lewis & Clark High School; Jodi Schock, Whitman Elementary School; and Michelle Van Horn, Adams Elementary School, achieved National Board Certification in 2016.

Teacher jobs fair will be Jan. 19 at Rogers

The Spokane Public Schools Teacher Hiring Fair for those seeking teaching positions for the 2017-18 school year and beyond will be Jan. 19.

At this fair, information on possible job openings in the 2017-18 school year and subbing will be available, principals and administrators will provide short interviews, human resources staff will be available to answer questions, and department leads will provide job-specific information for more unique teaching positions in the district.

Applicants should be prepared to share their resumes.

The hiring fair will be 4-7 p.m. at Rogers High School, 1622 E. Wellesley Ave.

To submit news about your school, students and staff to the Education Notebook, send the details to or call (509) 459-5434.

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